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Home gardening is a type of gardening where home owners grow flowers and produce in the comfort of their homes. Home gardening can be tricky especially when one is new at it. Listed below are tips every home gardener should know about to have a productive home garden.

Location

When setting up a home garden, you should first set aside the area you plan to use as your garden. This of course depends on the type of plant or crop you are planning to cultivate. Also, remember to use an area where your plant can get enough sunlight but minimum disturbance from pets or getting trampled on. It is also important to have a source of water close to your garden so you can water your plants with ease.

Decide On What To Grow

After looking for the perfect space, it’s time to decide on which plant or vegetable to grow. This is very important because knowing which type of plant to grow will give you an estimate of the size of the garden plot you should have and you can determine if the site you picked is perfect for your garden or if you have to look for a bigger space. For example, vegetable plants do not take up a lot of spaces so you can grow them on a small piece of land. However, vine crops, such as cucumbers or watermelons need a larger space to cultivate.

Ensure Good Drainage

You must ensure that your garden has a good drainage system, otherwise your plants will drown and die from too much water. Water your crops regularly but don’t overwater them and make sure that any excess is safely drained out of the garden.

Adopt Mulching

Mulching prevents your garden topsoil from being blown away. Its decomposition also provides nutrients to your plants.

Make Variety

You can plant different types of crops in your garden. These varieties will not only help with pests but also the soil quality. Planting various crops will confuse the pests because they are unsure of what will be in the garden. You could also practice crop rotation. It works wonders for farmers and it’ll do so for you too.

Plant at the Proper Time

Although this may seem obvious, it is crucial to the success of any garden. If you plant the too soon, they will be frozen by the early spring frost and If you plant too late, they will not be able to gather strength before the summer comes and withers them, or they get destroyed by fall frost.

Provide Lots of Sunlight

All plant needs the sun to survive. If your plants are not getting enough sunlight, they will have stunted growth and will not produce good offsprings. However, you must ensure that the plants are not too exposed to the sun. The garden location should be carefully placed where there is adequate sunlight.

Compost fertilizers

Compost fertilizers helps plants grow healthy. They also helps you to save money are a great way to have healthy plants. It also helps to save money used in buying expensive fertilizers which can have adverse effects on the soil, plants or even the gardeners as well. They introduce toxins into the water supplies and leave harmful chemical residues on plants.

Organize and Store Garden Tools Safely

It is important to store garden tools well when they are not in use. This saves you time spent in looking for it when you need it. Apart from that, it may be dangerous just leaving them to lay around as it might cause serious injuries to people. You also get to save money by not having to buy lost or damaged tools when you need it.Garage wall spaces can be converted into store for gardening tools.

Trim and Prune

Trimming and pruning will allow proper air circulation for your plant. Pruning also reduces the amount of leaves so water can really penetrate your plant. When pruning, make sure the center of the flower is open, so the sun can enter into it. Careful pruning will keep moisture out of your plant, and prevent diseases like black spots and other blights.

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5 Potentially Unhealthy Things People Do to Their Bodies

Sometimes trying to do the right thing can be difficult, especially when it comes to taking care of your health. Drinking too much coffee, smoking, and not getting sufficient rest are just a few of the unhealthy things people do.

The list doesn’t end there. Here are five things many people do that they might not realize could be potentially bad for their bodies.

Mouth Piercings Can Be Bad for Dental Health

Even though piercing your lip or tongue can look cool, oral piercings may lead to chipped teeth, increased saliva, and tooth decay, which may ultimately lead to tooth loss. However, that’s not all.

Oral piercings may cause gum deformities that surgery might not be able to repair. They also increase the risk of oral infection by acting as a breeding ground for bacteria, interfere with chewing and speech, and cause nerve damage that may lead to a numb tongue or loss of taste.

While some of these issues may be temporary, such as a swollen tongue that could potentially block your airway. Be sure to speak with a health care professional before undertaking any potentially risky procedure.

Not all Tattoos are Created Equal

Here’s the good news: the FDA regulates the inks in tattoos. To protect yourself, be sure to ask about the ingredients in the ink. While allergic reactions are uncommon, nickel and mercury may cause problems for some people.

Now for the bad news: cities and counties regulate tattooing. Therefore, there is no national standardized certification process for tattoo artists or the tattoo parlors where they work. Additionally, whenever you pierce your skin with a needle, you risk infections like staph and hepatitis. The cleanliness of the shop and the tools is vital to your health. Needles should always be new. Ink should be in single-use pots. The tattoo artist should always wear gloves.

Finally, a new tattoo trend you’ll want to avoid is sunburn tattoos. Sunburn tattoos use sunblock to create a design on your skin. You then purposely become sunburned. Wash off the sunblock and viola, you have a temporary tattoo that in the future could lead to premature skin aging and even skin cancer.

Too Many People Don’t Get Enough Exercise

Because of the work we do as farmer, we might thing we’re getting sufficient weekly exercise. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that 80 percent of all American adults don’t get the recommended amount of exercise, no matter what kind of work they do.

Adults need a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise weekly. Activity that is more vigorous requires only 1.25 hours per week. Additionally, the CDC strongly recommends muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

Right now, less than 25 percent of the population gets the recommended amount of weekly exercise. This lack of activity increases your risk of developing heart disease and your chances of gaining weight.

Not Enough Regular Physical Checkups

“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” That might be how the saying goes but when it comes to human beings, just because you feel healthy, doesn’t mean you should ignore routine checkups.

Depending on your age, gender, and medical history, speak with your doctor about these health exams:

• Annual dental, vision, and hearing exams
• Annual physical checkups to assess blood pressure, cholesterol level, weight, eating habits, exercise level, and tobacco, drug, and alcohol use
• Health risk screenings for diseases such as diabetes and cancer
• Colonoscopy (age 50 and over unless there is a family history)
• Prostate exam (for men age 50 and over unless there is a family history)
• Abdominal exam (for male smokers over 65)
• Pap smear (annual for women)
• Breast exam (self-administered monthly) and annual mammogram (for women over 40)
• Bone density test (for women over 65)

Don’t put off health screenings. Too many people forgo checkups when they feel healthy, only to find out later that they could have prevented an unseen ailment.

Being Too Clean May Have its Drawbacks

Lest you be afraid that you might smell, showering daily is outdated. There are several reasons:

First, showering dries out skin and hair. If you want to retain the natural oils in your skin and hair, limit bathing to twice (maybe three times) a week and avoid very-hot water and harsh soaps. Instead, choose a mild soap that moisturizes your skin as it cleans, and be sure to use a conditioner on your hair. After you shower, don’t dry off frantically. Blot your skin dry and then add a lotion to retain the natural moisture.

Next, researchers suggest that your skin contains good germs that you don’t want to wash away. Consuming foods with good bacteria (probiotics) can help to treat, even prevent, certain skins problems such as eczema.

Finally, if you do vigorously work out or encounter people on a regular basis, consider a sponge bath for just the smelly parts. It’s never good to overlook your personal hygiene.

It’s important to take care of yourself. It’s even more important to be sure that the things you do are the best way to keep your body healthy. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you.


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